Liverpool’s flawed genius Luis Suarez is back for the Merseysiders’ Capital One Cup tie with Manchester United and bwin are celebrating the sensational striker’s return with money back on first goalscorer and correct score bets if he scores against the champions.
The pugnacious Uruguayan is available to resume his footballing duties having served a 10-match ban for biting Branoslav Ivanovic and is, in the words of manager Brendan Rodgers, ‘champing at the bit’ to return against United.
He may start on the bench at Old Trafford, but if the game goes into extra-time and Suarez can grab a goal after coming on as a substitute the money back offer still stands!
With both sides coming into this game off the back of chastening losses and key players expected to miss out through injury or rotation a cagey affair is expected, so 12/5 about the draw at 90 minutes is the pick at Old Trafford.
Neither team has been particularly prolific up-front in the league this season, with the home side drawing blanks on two occasions out of five and the visitors scoring one or less on four occasions.
Therefore, the 21/4 on a 1-1 scoreline looks the way to play here.
Liverpool are 12/5 to beat United for the second time this season, with David Moyes’ side favourites at 21/20 and although the fractious nature of this rivalry dictates that both bosses will be going all out to win past form suggests that significant changes in personnel will be made.
Moyes’ Capital One Cup team selection policy at Everton in recent years was to retain a core of senior players and add a sprinkling of youth plus a change of goalkeeper, so the likes of Anders Lindegaard and Adnan Januzaj will be hoping for rare starts against Rodgers’ boys.
The Northern Irishman has fallen at the first hurdle in this competition in the last two seasons – at Liverpool last term and with old club Swansea in 2011/12 – after fielding markedly weakened teams.
However, Rodgers seems to be gaining confidence in his Reds squad and stuck with regulars Simon Mignolet, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge in their last round extra-time triumph over Notts County.
Against a United side wounded from their 4-1 loss to neighbours Man City in the league Rodgers will look to capitalise, although attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is a big loss through injury and striker Daniel Sturridge could be rested having featured in every game this season without being fully fit.